White Sox pummel Tigers

CHICAGO — After Tuesday’s American League Central contest between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago White Sox was called due to rain, Wednesday’s meeting went on as scheduled, but the Tigers might have preferred another storm as the White Sox rolled to an 8-2 victory.

The White Sox drew first blood at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago as Jose Abreau continued to abuse the Tigers and the baseball, sending his 18th home run of the season 412 feet well over the fence off of Justin Verlander to push his squad out to an early 1-0 lead.

The 1-0 deficit held until the fourth inning when Miguel Cabrera led off the frame with a double. Torii Hunter plated Cabrera two batters later, knotting it up at 1-1.

The White Sox blew the game wide open in the bottom of the sixth, with Dayan Viciedo grounding into a bases-loaded double play that plated Abreau, making it 2-1.

Then, with two outs, the White Sox went on to score six more runs on singles from Alejando De Aza, Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn and a double off the bat of Conor Gillespie.

Verlander was chased from the mound after throwing 122 total pitches in 5 2-3 innings, ending his night with seven runs allowed on eight hits with six strikeouts and four walks, making way for Ian Krol. Krol gave up two hits and another run as he wasn’t able to muster an out, bringing Al Alburquerque in to get the third out.

With an 8-1 lead, the White Sox went into the seventh inning with a comfortable cushion, but the slumping Tigers showed signs of life as Eugenio Suarez was walked, giving Detroit a baserunner. Rajai Davis slapped a double into center, scoring Suarez, to give the Tigers another run, but the deficit was still six runs at 8-2 as Abreau made a circus catch in foul territory to end any hopes the Tigers had of continuing a two-out rally in the seventh, handing the offensive reins back to the White Sox.

John Danks was the winning pitcher for the White Sox, giving up two runs on six hits in seven innings of work along with two walks and four strikeouts.

The Tigers fall to 33-28 overall, with this loss marking a three-game losing streak as they prepare for another contest with Chicago today as Max Scherzer (7-2) takes on the undefeated Chris Sale (5-0) at 8:10 p.m.

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